15 Fun and Easy Recipes To Make With Mom on Mother’s Day

Nicole Austin

I am passionate about teaching my children the beauty of homemade gifts - think sweet letters, handmade cards, or a few flowers gathered from outside.

Other times it’s a delicious treat or dinner that shows someone you love them and want to help out! Mother's Day is the perfect occasion for just such a gift.

My kids have always loved helping in the kitchen, especially when I would let them crack eggs when they were particularly young.

I turn on some music and dance together while we stir - making the tedious parts of cooking into a song and dance party is the best part of the experience!

What better day to celebrate with joy than Mother's Day? These fun and easy recipes will make for a festive and beautiful day spent as a family.

1. Raspberry Lemon Blondies Recipe

You’ve heard of brownies, but have you ever tried blondies? This lighter, still-sweet cousin of brownies is just as delicious, with a different flavor profile that keeps it exciting. This particular raspberry lemon blondies recipe results in a lemon and raspberry pairing that is sweet and tart, and simply delicious.

2. Pretzel Dogs Recipe

More sophisticated than a corn dog, and arguably more delicious, these hot dogs are wrapped in salty, soft pretzel goodness that will become a new favorite for Mom and kids alike! Dip them in tangy mustard, ketchup or gooey melted cheese - you won’t regret trying these and the kids will love making them.

3. Double Chocolate Macaroons Recipe

What’s better than a chocolate macaroon? A double chocolate macaroon, of course! As a huge Mounds candy bar fan, I certainly love this chewy coconut and chocolate-heavy recipe that cures my sweet tooth craving in an instant. There is nothing better than having a couple of these double chocolate macaroons on Mother's Day.

4. Zucchini Tater Tots Recipe

So delicious that they won’t even care that they’re healthy, these zucchini tater tots are an awesome way to add veggies to your dinner table without any fuss. For older or more sophisticated children’s palates, add spices, parmesan cheese, or fresh herbs for a new take on an old favorite.

5. 15 Minute Caprese Pasta Recipe

A fancy dinner in 15 minutes sounds impossibly dreamy, right? Well, no more! This recipe is simple yet feels like you’re at a high end restaurant when you indulge on Mother's Day. If you love caprese recipes, this pasta will be perfect for you. Filling yet light, this is a great starter dinner for kids to help make.

6. Texas Caviar Recipe

Our Texas caviar recipe makes a flavorful snack, made with black eyed peas and a fresh herb dressing. This tastes great served cold with tortilla chips for dipping, or even atop cucumber. I am also known to take a spoonful (or more) and eat it as-is! If the kids want to help make Mom her favorite treats, this one is beyond easy.

7. Loaded Guacamole Recipe

This dip is light but filling, and the perfect way to present what my kids and I call “Snacky Dinner.” That’s where we have appetizers for dinner, so we can all indulge in some of our favorite treats. This guacamole recipe is healthy and delicious, perfect for an appetizer or your own Snacky Dinner celebration!

8. Monster Cookie Dough Dip Recipe

Say yes to cookie dough this Mother’s Day with this amazing, sweet dessert dip. If you’re anything like me, you didn’t have raw dough in your childhood because your loving mother spared you from the eggs - now you can have some! This dip is super sweet and pairs well with graham crackers or pretzels.

9. Vegan Banana Split Smoothie Bowl Recipe

Whether you’re having this for a snack, dessert, or breakfast, this banana split smoothie bowl is going to wow your family and your mom. Customize it with everyone’s favorite toppings and make a party of preparing the ingredients! It will feel like a make your own ice cream sundae bar at your house this Mother’s Day.

10. Pesto Chicken Pull Apart Sliders Recipe

Sliders are an easy, tasty dinner that can yield as much or as little as you want without any extra effort. These chicken and pesto pull apart sliders are a melty, savory way of preparing a quick and easy dinner with your kids that will feel like you just went above and beyond - a gift indeed on Mother's Day in particular!

11. Rocky Road Bars Recipe

These brownie-like marshmallow-based bars will satisfy any and all sweet cravings while introducing a new blend of flavors to dessert. Your kids will love helping you make these, and of course will be more than happy to help make them disappear in a flash. Top with roasted, salted peanuts for that sweet and savory mix you love.

12. Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars Recipe

There is likely no better way to encourage young kids into the kitchen than with offering them a familiar, classic flavor that kids and adults alike can agree on. Peanut butter and jelly? Nailed it! These peanut butter and jelly bars taste awesome with a large, cold glass of milk - just as you’d expect!

13. Avocado Ricotta Tomato Pesto Layer Dip Recipe

Enjoy this five-layer dip recipe that’s super easy to make and even easier to love! It pairs well with crunchy, toasted bread and can be made ahead of time in case you have a lot of morning or afternoon plans on Mother’s Day. You’ll love the rich, herb heavy flavors with the creamy ricotta center.

14. Raspberry Lemon Cookie Bars Recipe

This recipes for our raspberry lemon cookie bars yields soft lemon sugar cookie bars filled with raspberry jam. I love to add my stepmother’s homemade jam to recipes, making this the perfect nod to Mom on Mother’s Day! Any mom would love enjoying a slice of this homey raspberry lemon cookie bar on Mother's Day.

15. Chocolate Chip Cookies without Brown Sugar Recipe

I can’t count the number of times I’ve started to pull out all the ingredients to make homemade chocolate chips and realized that I am out of brown sugar. Or, and this is my fault, it is clumpy beyond repair. This recipe is great for using what you have on hand, and doesn’t leave any unused sugar to turn into a brick in your cupboard.

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